The state of the United States presidential race has drawn a lot of attention from media outlets around the world because of the worsening feud between Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican candidate Donald Trump. The continuing harsh speech coming out of both camps has made voters and onlookers question the democratic process in the country. Most of the problems though have come out of the Trump camp. His words and past actions have repeatedly promoted a society that fails to meet democratic ideals.
Trevor Noah of the “Daily Show” compared Trump to the African dictators that he became familiar with while growing up in South Africa. On the evening of Thursday, October 13, 2016, Noah told the visitors to the PaleyFest Daily Show with Trevor Noah panel that Trump has a lot of “charisma,” but that the attraction mimics a car crash. He stated that people do not want to see it but can’t look away. He noted that all of the African dictators share this same trait. He then explained how he initially had this opinion but wrote it off as a “third world country” viewpoint. Trump’s rise to power has proven that he was initially right: Third world dictators take advantage of the “fear and desperation” of the masses.
Noah is not the first person from inside or outside of the country who has thought this about Trump. Trump’s debate statements about setting up a special prosecutor and jailing Clinton seem straight out of a dictator’s playbook.